Chilled Swiss Oatmeal

This chilled Swiss oatmeal (also called bircher muesli) is loaded with crunchy apples, dried fruit and nuts. Full of fiber and protein, plus easy to make ahead of time!

A few weekends ago, Isaac and I stayed at a hotel in Northern Virginia for a wedding. We weren’t feeling the free hotel breakfast on Sunday morning so we swung by Corner Bakery for a bite to eat. We don’t have Corner Bakery locations in Richmond so I was excited to see Swiss Oatmeal on the menu — it sounded like overnight oats, which I’m a huge fan of in the summer months.

There were two Swiss Oatmeal combo to choose from. I ordered the one that  includes chunks of banana, Granny Smith apple, dried cranberries, yogurt and almonds.

I LOVED it! So much so I decided to recreate the dish at home. You’ve probably noticed that I do this a lot with restaurant meals — it’s a thing I like to do.

Swiss Chilled Oatmeal with apples, dried fruit and nuts in a clear serving dish on wood cutting board.

It’s always a fun challenge. Sometimes the recipes are a total flop, but luckily this one turned out to be a winner. I know for sure that I’ll be making it again and again.

Swiss Chilled Oatmeal with apples, dried fruit and nuts in a clear serving dish on wood cutting board.

The Greek yogurt makes the oatmeal extra creamy and adds protein. All the fruity add-ins lend a nice sweetness and give the oats a bit of texture. I don’t know that I’d ever had fresh apple pieces in oatmeal before but I must say, I love the crunch factor that they add.

Swiss Chilled Oatmeal with apples, dried fruit and nuts in a clear serving dish on wood cutting board.

The best part about this recipe is that it’s super easy — just toss the ingredients together the night before and your breakfast will be ready to eat when you wake up. It’s also portable if you want to portion out a serving and take it to work with you. Now have no excuse not to eat breakfast. 😉

Overhead shot of Swiss Chilled Oatmeal with apples, dried fruit and nuts in a clear serving dish on wood cutting board.

There are a ton of different overnight oatmeal recipes out there. Heck, I’ve even posted a bunch of different versions here. Example: peanut butter & jelly overnight oatmeal, eggnog overnight oats, protein overnight oats.

What Type of Milk + Yogurt to Use

That said, feel free to experiment with your favorite fruits and nuts for the add-ins and toppings. You can also switch up the milk and yogurt. I used almond milk and plain Greek yogurt, but if you’re vegan, I’m sure soy, almond or coconut milk yogurt would work great too.

wiss Chilled Oatmeal with apples, dried fruit and nuts in a clear serving dish on wood cutting board.

So tasty!! Especially when paired with a glass of cold brew coffee. 🙂

More Oatmeal Recipes:

If you make this chilled Swiss oatmeal, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Chilled Swiss Oatmeal

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings


This chilled Swiss oatmeal – with crunchy apples, dried fruit and nuts – is not only full of fiber and protein, but is easy to make ahead of time for a quick and healthy breakfast on the go! Gluten-free, vegan option.


  • 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 2 splashes
  • 1/2 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt  (substitute soy, almond or coconut milk yogurt if needed)
  • 2 Tablespoons dried cranberries (fruit juice sweetened)
  • ½ cored Pink Lady apple, chopped into small pieces
  • ½ of a ripe banana, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon roasted almonds, chopped
  • chia seeds, for sprinkling on top
  • maple syrup, for drizzling


  1. Place oats, milk, yogurt, cranberries, apple, banana, vanilla and cinnamon in a  medium-sized bowl, soak (covered) in the refrigerator over night.
  2. In the morning, add a splash or two of almond milk and stir the mixture. Portion out a serving and sprinkle almonds, chia seeds and a drizzle of maple syrup over the top. Enjoy!
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 304
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 12g
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    1. Beth
      January 24, 2015 AT 9:17 pm

      Thanks for posting. My husband fell in love with the version from Corner Bakery too. He searched out the ingredients and found your blog. I prepared outs tonight with some twists since I didn’t have all the ingredients. Added some flax seed for extra texture and protein and a bit of brown sugar. (That’s my extra bit o love). Can’t wait to share it with my family on our lazy Sunday! I will keep checking your posts. 🙂

    2. Melodie Hoffman
      July 14, 2014 AT 3:37 pm

      This is really good with fresh blueberries, I also add some chocolate protein powder for a boost.

    3. taramdeal
      June 11, 2014 AT 8:23 pm

      This looks so good! When I worked on a cruise line there was something SO similar to this that I absolutely LOVED. I am sure it was loaded with sugar, so I just had a bite of it as a special treat but boy was it delicious 🙂

    4. meg murphy garfield
      June 10, 2014 AT 4:45 pm

      I would use the no sugar added almond milk to cut back the sugar.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 10, 2014 AT 4:53 pm

        That’s the type I recommend for the recipe as well — unsweetened vanilla. 🙂

    5. IHeartVegetables
      June 10, 2014 AT 7:40 am

      Yum! That looks delicious! You’re so good at recreating restaurant foods 🙂

    6. Jessica Washburn @ Sweat Is My Sanity
      June 9, 2014 AT 7:37 pm

      Looks amazing. I’m needing food now…stat. 🙂

    7. Kim
      June 9, 2014 AT 5:02 pm

      I love corner bakery’s version. Making your version for tomorrow’s post-run meal!

      Also, I miss your blog roll links 🙁

    8. Hillary
      June 9, 2014 AT 4:31 pm

      pretty! i like the glass you served it in 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 9, 2014 AT 4:49 pm

        Thanks lady. It’s a Weck canning jar. 🙂

    9. Linz
      June 9, 2014 AT 8:11 am

      this sounds absolutely fantastic! i’ll need to try it tomorrow!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 9, 2014 AT 4:50 pm

        Thank you!! Let me know what you think if you do try it.

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